Are you a newcomer to Get Organized message board and don't know where to start? Read below to answer a few of your basic questions, and find out how you and thousands of other women can participate in this personal challenge designed by the Zen Organizer, Regina Leeds.
I just found the Get Organized message board. Can I participate?
Yes! We love new iVillagers to join us!
Is there something I need to read first?
It would be wonderful if you checked out the Get Organized! Community Challenge that initially ran in January 2001. It is a five-week program based on my book The Zen of Organizing: Creating Order and Peace in Your Home, Career and Life.
Do I have to purchase The Zen of Organizing?
It all depends on you. It isn't mandatory. The five-week Challenge presents material from the book in an abridged format. If an area is of particular interest, you might find that the book will deepen your knowledge. In addition, Zen is filled with tips not included in the Challenge. These include common personal challenges such as packing, moving and merging households.
I notice the Challenge begins with journal exercises. Can I skip them and just start organizing?
You can, but I think you will be missing a wonderful opportunity! I feel it's best to understand why you created a space that does not serve you. Once you take responsibility, you are free to create something that will help you fulfill your life goals.
I teach my students that everyone already has a system in place. Some systems sabotage our best efforts while others nurture them. The most common reason people do not live or work in nurturing environments is because they were never taught how! Getting organized is a skill; anyone can learn it and your level of expertise will grow and evolve in concert with your commitment to the process. In fact, it is just like learning a sport or musical instrument.
I have never done any journal work. Do you have any guidelines?
Yes, you can read the introductory article to journaling and also check out other iVillagers' Member Websites. Reading excerpts from others' journals will give you an idea how they handled the assignments. Please remember there is no right or wrong approach. You cannot fail. Any method in which you create and use your journal will be perfect! More importantly, the journal is private. You don't have to share the contents with anyone. There are no judges here, only teammates.
Why do I have to create new habits? Can't you just give me some organizing tips?
Psychologists say it takes 21 consecutive days of repeating an action before it becomes a habit. You may have ingrained some habits that do not help you maintain an organized environment. For example, do you:
- Always make your bed?
- Never leave dirty dishes in the sink?
- Consistently put away the clean dishes?
- Remember to place your keys in the same place every time?
These are examples of the things we work on during the journal phase of the Challenge. You'd be surprised how powerful it is to establish good habits. By the time you get on your feet for your first project, a new energy will infuse your environment. You will feel more in control and powerful. The majority of our earlier participants felt just like you do now. Take some time to peruse the archives for the board, and see for yourself how they changed!
Can I get help while I am taking the Challenge?
Absolutely! Feel free to participate on the board. We'll all jump in to help you with encouraging tips. Tell us what you need and someone will provide guidance, tips or encouragement.
In addition, I would invite you to come to my chat every Tuesday night at 9pm ET. I'd be delighted to personally help you in any way I can. If you have never been to a chat, it's easy! Our community leaders on the board will walk you through the process. Again, all you have to do is ask for help.
Finally, if you have a private question for me, you can email me from my Website.